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A prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) set in 1935, the year before, the professor, archaeologist and adventurer by the name of Indiana Jones is back in action in his latest adventure. This time he teams up with a nightclub singer named Wilhelmina “Willie” Scott and a twelve-year-old Chinese boy named Short Round. They end up in a small distressed village in India, where the people believe that evil spirits have taken all their children away after a sacred precious stone was stolen. They also discover the great mysterious terror surrounding a booby-trapped temple known as the Temple of Doom. Thuggee is beginning to attempt to rise once more, believing that with the power of all five Sankara stones they can rule the world. It’s all up to Indiana to put an end to the Thuggee campaign, rescue the lost children, win the girl and conquer the Temple of Doom.

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  • gismo
    gismo

    why so many movies are inactive?

  • ginzburgas-danielius
    ginzburgas danielius

    The adventurer and archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) with his bullwhip wielding and hat will fight against nasty enemies in India along with an oriental little boy (Jonathan Ke Quan) and a night club Singer (Kate Capshaw who married Steven Spielberg). Jones agrees with the village’s inhabitants look for a lost magic stone. Meanwhile , they stumble with a secret thug cult ruled by an evil priest (Amrish Puri).The Indiana Jones adventures trilogy tries to continue the vintage pathes from the thirty years ago greatest classics , and the comics-books narrative , along with the special characteristics of the horror films of the 80s decade , as it is well reflected in the creepy and spooky scenes about human sacrifices . The picture is directed with great style and high adventure and driven along with enormous fair-play in the stunning mounted action set-pieces . Harrison Ford plays splendidly the valiant and brave archaeologist turned into an action man .Kate Capshaw interprets a scream girl who’ll have a little romance with Indy . The movie blends adventures , noisy action , rip-snorting , humor , tongue-in-chek , it is a cinematic roller coaster ride and pretty bemusing . The motion picture has great loads of action , special effects galore and the usual and magnificent John Williams musical score . The glimmering and dazzling cinematography is efficiently realized by Douglas Slocombe . The pic was allrightly directed by Steven Spielberg. Film culminates in a spectacular finale that will have you on the edge of your seat . It’s a must see for adventures aficionados , as perfect entertainment for all the family .

  • dr-szabo-laszlo
    dr szabo laszlo

    Temple of Doom was truly one of the worst things I’ve ever had to sit through. Somehow it seems to have hit every cliché, stereotype, and bad movie technique without meaning to, or being aware of it. The lack of any sense of shame makes it completely intolerable. The characters are all, except Indiana Jones, annoying. (Especially that kid who alway yells “Dr. Jones!”) Sometimes a stupid movie can redeem itself by refusing to take itself too seriously. Sadly this does not happen here. The presentation of the “native tribe” is really pathetic. Cliché and horribly dated, even for the 1980s.The action scenes are overly long, done before, and boring. The “roller coaster” scene is completely implausible, and feels like it was designed specifically so that a video game could be produced easily.Terrible. Just terrible.

  • berit-andersson
    berit andersson

    At the beginning of 2005, I have never seen any of the Indiana Jones trilogy. Yes, I have been living under a rock, however, I decided I was going to watch them all, and soon. I watched Raiders a few weeks ago, and now, I have finished viewing Temple Of Doom as well. I have to say that I enjoyed Temple Of Doom a tad more than Raiders Of The Lost Ark. I can not compare Last Crusade yet, but will shortly.There are many reasons I like this movie better than the first. This seemed like more of a cohesive story to me. By that, I mean Indiana does not have to cross into all kinds of different countries for all kinds of different adventures, seemingly to just fit as much in the movie as possible. Other than the opening, which is meant to introduce Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) and Shorty (Jonathan Ke Quan) and bring them together with Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford). Once they are in India, they stay in India. There was plenty of trouble in the one country for them to get into.The main plot is that once Indiana and friends are stranded after a plane wreck in India, they need to get some special stones for the village. Once they find the Temple Of Doom, that is where the story really takes off and gets fun. They discover that the children of the village are slaves to the Indian Chiefs and warriors and make it a point to save them as well. Mola Ram (Amrish Puri) was a great intimidating character. This was by far his most prominent role in the U.S.For the most part, the special effects in this movie were great, with a few minor discrepancies (not bad at all for 1984). In fact, the only reason I can really see for making the 4th installment of Indiana Jones, is to use todays technology on this great series. It is bound to have some awesome looking displays. The only thing that truly annoyed me in this film was the constant screaming by Kate Capshaw’s character Willie. Man, did that ever get tiresome. Overall, a great movie which does not need my recommendation but receives it highly. 9.5/10

  • vernon-schultz
    vernon schultz

    After the success of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the sequel was inevitable. George Lucas came up with the story and Steven Spielberg again directed this second adventure in the Indiana Jones serial. The high energy and joy seen in Raiders of the Lost Ark has been replaced with a darker, more serious adventure, as Indiana is charged with recovering a magic stone for a village in India who has seen drought and all of the children have gone missing. The beginning of the movie is the high point of the film, with an extravagant musical number in club Obi Wan (oh, that George Lucas and his inside Star Wars jokes), a Shanghai night club where Indiana is closing a deal over artifacts from the Chinese dynasty. Kate Capshaw is the featured singer and the latest “Indiana girl” in this film, a movie that, curiously enough, occurs BEFORE Raiders of the Lost Ark, so the suspense of Jones’ fate (if there really was any) is removed, and so any potential love affairs that fail to carry over between movies. Also missing is John Rhys-Davies’ Sallah and Deholm Elliot’s Brody, instead, we get to see Indy’s child helper, Short Round, who’s job is to go into tight quarters and say “Doctor Jones” about 300 times. The plot is complicated, as I had to watch the movie a couple of times to get an idea of was actually happening, and, unlike the previous film, most of the movie happens in one place. The famous scene in this movie is the dinner at the palace, where the visitors are treated to chilled monkey brains and other appealing meals. The movie does feature a fantastic scene with an underground rail system that turns into a chase sequence that is filmed well and is enjoyable to watch. This film does not have the whimsy or innocence seen in the other two Indiana movies, and suffers because of it. While still an enjoyable film, it is the least of the three Indiana movies.

  • martin-hrovat
    martin hrovat

    When thinking of this movie, I only need to remember one thing: Kate Capshaw spends the entire movie shrieking in agonized fear. This is not what I consider acting, but after having seen this movie I have always been inclined to join her anyway. I loved Raiders, and Sean Connery’s appearance as the dad enlivened the third, but this one needed a major job of rewriting and recasting. I usually compare the notion of watching this mess again to watching two hours of watching a blank screen, and darned if the blank screen doesn’t win every time!

  • alexander-baker
    alexander baker

    I can’t understand how this movie is rated so low? This is an absolutely fantastic movie. The best in the trilogy. Of course everybody always rates the first movie in a trilogy the best – like Godfather I and Star Wars(the original 1977 movie), but clearly the films that followed them were better, as is the case with this one. I saw this film about 20 times as a kid and have recently watched all 3 movies again, enjoying this one the best. It has some great action sequences in it, notably the roller coaster ride through the mine, some great laughs, and romance. What more could a movie offer?

  • kevim-ribeiro-pires
    kevim ribeiro pires

    This movie misrepresents India and its culture. The scene in which Indians have been showed eating snakes ,monkey and all the wild creatures is very absurd. The truth is around more than half of India’s population is vegetarian. And those who eat meat ,mostly eat lamb ,fish and chicken. India is very peaceful country and believes in the ideology of ‘live and let others live’. The movie is entirely against the Indian culture and it’s belief. This movies gives viewers wrong impression about India and it’s people. I am sorry if this comment of mine hurts anyone here. But this movie hurts me because i am an Indian. Being Indian it’s my duty to tell everybody that this movie reflects false image of India.

  • beyzade-gungordu-demirel-zengin
    beyzade gungordu demirel zengin

    Of all the Steven Spielberg films this is to me by far the weirdest one he’s ever done. But does weird equal good? Well, let’s get this out of the way…their is no logic in this film, so you can just throw that out the window. People thought Crystal Skull was unrealistic (?)…think again. Spielberg lets us know pretty much right out of the gate what kind of movie we’re dealing with here. George Lucas (the storywriter) went in such a humorous direction with the story it almost came across as a comedy. With the more comedic approach this made the film very unique in the feeling of it compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark which was darker and more serious, and The Last Crusade which borrows a lot of the elements from Raiders to give it a similar tone and feel to it. Indiana Jones himself is written in a more comedic way, almost to the point where you can’t take him seriously, but not quite, Harrison Ford makes the characters balanced and doesn’t make Indy come across as cartoony. As for the supporting characters…oh my god. These supporting characters make me want to pull my hair out. Willie played by Kate Capshaw is such a major step down from Marion. Yes, she was a damsel in distress, but she was a badass while she was. Here, she is over-the-top just for the sake of it. I don’t blame Capshaw because she’s just acting the way the director tells her to so, Spielberg, what the heck? You given us such beautiful characters like E.T. and Elliott. Then you give us this. Why? Then there is Short Round. Look, I understand there is a lot of people who like this character but…I just can’t. His voice is like nails on a chalkboard, the actor who portrays him just isn’t a good actor. He’s definitely more important than Willie and isn’t excruciatingly annoying but he does get under my skin. I know it seems I’m bashing the film more than I intended to. What do I like about this film? The villain. Unlike Willie, he is over-the-top in all the right ways. Roshan Seth does a great job with his character he makes this film enjoyable. The other thing, Harrison Ford’s performance, like I said before, he gives a rather complex performance as Indy compared to Raiders. And lastly, the mine cart chase scene, beautifully choreographed, masterfully suspenseful, and downright entertaining. These three things gives this film a solid 7/10. Nowhere near as bad as Crystal, but comfortably falls in third place behind Raiders and Crusade for me. So is this film really that good? It’s good, but not great.

  • andrus-salumae
    andrus salumae

    Dr Henry ‘Indiana’ Jones is back – albeit in a sequel that acts as a prequel! It’s 1935, teaming up with a club singer called ‘Willie’ and a twelve year old boy (Short Round) after a deal gone wrong Indiana tries to uncover the secrets of, and escape the temple of Doom. Queue another great and epic adventure filled with excitement, action, thrills, spills, laughs and a bit of romance too. Again directed by Spielberg with a John Williams score the audience is treated to a thrill a minute. I’d suggest that the pace of this film is sharper than “Raiders of the Lost Arc”, and the content a tiny bit darker too, especially towards the end when it looks like Indy has turned heel. Censors at the time used this movie to bring out the PG-13 classification because it was a little too dark for young children. It’s still really enjoyable though and modern audiences wouldn’t bat an eye lid at the content on screen. While it’s not the favorite Indy film for some reviewers it’s still amongst the best adventure movies ever made and is as good today as it was at release. Perhaps the negative reviewers expected too much when in fact the film was still trying to establish the archaeologist turned adventurer to the masses by telling a back story. OK, so some elements of the film live out stereotypes which by today’s standards could be misconstrued as sexist or racist, but rather than look for meaning that deep just view it as a comic adventure like it’s supposed to be. The film isn’t a critique about skin colour, gender, or greed, it’s a start to finish adventure straight from the pages of a childlike and innocent mind.If you want to watch a fun movie then you need look no further. Close the curtains, get the popcorn ready, crank up the volume and enjoy a fantastic movie which will entertain and thrill from start to finish!

  • andreas-babajanyan
    andreas babajanyan

    …is annoying as hell, but otherwise this is a very entertaining, action filled movie!

  • jules-gerard-boucher
    jules gerard boucher

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was fun to watch when I was young, but now that I’ve seen it again, I must say this is the worst Indiana Jones movie. The film had great potential (murderous cults, eating bugs&brains, mineshaft chase scenes), but there were two things that killed it.First there’s Short Round. Spielberg takes some random orphan and injects him into the story. His dramatic lines with Harrison Ford did nothing but cause an awkward bout of laughing.Then there’s Willie Scott. She doesn’t contribute a thing to the survival of the characters (at least Short Round helped Indie snap out of the hypnotism). All she does for the whole damn movie is scream and whine. The 2 hours of hours of hearing “indieeeeeeeee” was a difficult thing to sit through.1/10 because of the annoying and unnecessary characters.

  • enrico-gallo
    enrico gallo

    This is a shockingly bad movie. I can’t for the life of me understand why it has earned over a 7.0 rating on IMDb and a club of supporters on the Internet. Nostalgia, perhaps? I enjoy “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” even though I find it to be a little politically incorrect and overrated. “The Temple of Doom,” on the other hand, is downright atrocious, mightily racist and even a tad sexist. Apparently the movie was banned in India, and I can understand why, since it depicts Indians as miserably poor, superstitious, knife-waving, monkey-brain-eating lunatics.The really sad part is that the movie stinks even if you manage to ignore the racism. It’s chock full of disgusting moments, like the beetle-eating scene and the part where about a hundred bugs crawl all over Kate Capshaw. It simply pushes the gross envelope too far.Even the never-ending action scenes are lacking. They’re okay, I guess, but there’s quite a lot of unconvincing blue screen work, and the big flood segment doesn’t work because water doesn’t “miniaturize” well. As if the special effects weren’t bad enough in themselves, they’re complimented by an obnoxious soundtrack, including some unusually bombastic John Williams music and Capshaw’s relentless screaming.You know, she really is a terrible heroine – annoying and painfully unfunny. A beautiful woman, sure, but irksome as all get-out. It’s very surprising (in a bad way) to see such a lame female character in Indiana Jones after the series started off with Karen Allen’s excellent performance as the (relatively) tough Marion Ravenwood.Capshaw would be quite bad enough by herself, but compounding the casting problem there’s Ke Huy Quan as Short Round, Indy’s pointless kid sidekick. Whenever there’s a stupid bit of slapstick comedy in the movie, Short Round helpfully cries, “Very funny! Very funny!” Which is code for painfully unfunny, of course.Weirdly enough, Capshaw (whose character is called Willie, for goodness’ sake!) and Short Round are really the only characters – the villains are completely faceless. There’s a very bizarre segment when Indy puts on his scholarly glasses and has dinner with some people who I guess might qualify as characters, but the scene just doesn’t fit with the rest of the movie, and never for a moment does the dialogue feel “real.” So, in the absence of strong characters, the movie just sort of drunkenly reels from fight to fight.I have one last observation. At one moment, Indy is waiting in his bedroom, expecting Capshaw to come in and have sex with him (he’s too proud to go to her bedroom). The strange part about this set-up is that Short Round is in Indy’s bedroom. Soooo…I guess Indy is expecting to have sex in front of Short Round? Isn’t that a little strange? Well, maybe not; I guess the kid has to learn sometime. But maybe Indy should just go to her room, huh? Sloppy scenes like that are a sure indication that Spielburg, Lucas and co. were really having an off day when they made this. Terrible, terrible, terrible.

  • dr-wolf-rudiger-dowerg-b-eng
    dr wolf rudiger dowerg b eng

    SPOILERSThe 1980’s were a busy decade for Harrison Ford. From the second “Star Wars” film in 1980 through to the final “Indiana Jones” film in 1989, Ford was rarely away from the picture screen. This was not always a good thing however as this middle of the road second adventure about Dr Jones from 1984 proved.In “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, we find Dr Jones in Shanghai in 1935. After a violent confrontation with a Chinese villain, Jones eventually finds himself in India. Taken to a small village, he encounters a badly treated people in need of help. To do this, Jones will have to travel to an ancient palace and combat the forces of evil.The key problem with this film is it’s problems in the plot department. Whilst a fun film to doze off to on a Sunday afternoon, it is by a long distance the worst of the three “Indiana Jones” films. With a story involving an evil cult underneath an ancient palace, the story just doesn’t have the special feeling which “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “The Last Crusade” thrive on. Whether because of a considerable lack of Nazi’s (this film actually being a prequel to “Raiders”) or because Amrish Puri’s Mola Ram just isn’t that interesting a character, “Temple of Doom” simply feels lacking.At the same time, another problem with this film is the below par standard of acting. With characters like Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan) and Willie Scott (future Mrs Spielberg, Kate Capshaw), we should never have expected much, but both performances are, to say the least, dreadful. Add to this some awful performances by the villagefolk who Indy is helping, and you know there’s problems.It feels a shame that so much of this film is wrong, when the other two films of the trilogy are so good. With bad choices in plot and characters (Denholm Elliot’s Marcus is a necessity for any Indiana Jones film), the story never really takes off and feels awkward. At just under two hours long, this film seems to drag and makes you feel like your watching all three parts of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Still, for something to put on television and doze off to, it does work wonders. The question though is whether this is actually a good thing.

  • perkons-sintija
    perkons sintija

    Ever the atypical one, this has long been my favourite of the trilogy thanks to the fact that I saw it at a young, impressionable age and that its stuck in my heart ever since. Maybe it’s the constant stream of action or the numerous macabre and downright horrific aspects of the tale that appealed to me at such a young age, but I still can’t see why people are so down on this movie. Sure, there’s plenty of unwanted comic relief, some of it stupid, but at least Spielberg still kept the sentimentalism out of his films at this stage. As a roller-coaster ride (literally too, at one point) of special effects and bad guys getting whacked, INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM is a fantastic popcorn movie and one that can be watched over and over.Harrison Ford had by now settled comfortably into the role of Indy like a glove and puts in an assured, wisecracking, heroic but human performance just like in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK – with the addition that he now has to act “evil” too after getting possessed by evil blood (see, I told you it was horror-tinged) in one scene. Aside from Kate Capshaw, saddled with a hugely grating blonde bimbo sidekick/love interest character, the rest of the cast is made up of either Chinese, Japanese, or Indians, guys who do pretty well with their respective caricatures – particularly impressive is the downright demonic Amrish Puri who glows pure evil as the bad guy Mola Ram. Kudos too to Jonathan Ke Quan as a child sidekick who isn’t too annoying (compared to the similar kid in RED SONJA a year later, he’s magnificent).The movie jumps from one outlandish action sequence to next, bound together by great locales and hummable tunes. A shoot-out (at the Obi Wan restaurant, a not-so-subtle joke imposed by George Lucas as executive producer) is followed by a jump from a plane on to a dinghy (!), rides through the jungle on elephant back, sacrificial rites in an underground Satanic temple, near death perils, a wild mine cart ride, and finally an outstanding finale on a rope bridge overlooking a crocodile-infested river. The special effects are very good (especially the back/forward projection during the excellent mine cart sequence), and the film enjoys plenty of in-jokes like references to the first movie (Indy’s run from a flood instead of a giant stone ball, his attempt to defeat two skilled swordsman in a same manner as he did previously only to be thwarted).The horror elements include a gruesome banquet (consisting of sheep’s eyeball soup, boiled beetles, snake, and monkey brains – a great highlight as a kid), mouldering corpses, creepy-crawlies, hearts being ripped out, human sacrifice, and voodoo, and also a perfect death for the chief baddie as he gets torn apart by crocs. Plus all the near-death escapes from falling ceilings and spikes in the same style as the first movie. The body count is huge, with dozens of bad guys snuffing it in one way or another, it’s amazing that this was PG when a similar film like COMMANDO was strictly 18. A third film, INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, followed five years later and added Sean Connery to the brew with reduced success – this is as perfect a brain switch-off blockbuster movie as you are likely to get.

  • sr-a-ramiro-quezada
    sr a ramiro quezada

    (re-Review): I’ve never disliked this movie, but it’s also been a hard movie to love over time. I also never watched it as much as I can remember Raiders, or even Last Crusade (the latter I feel like was more of a TV thing, like on the USA network). I think the two main things that bog this down are a) I don’t really care all that much about the quest for the stones – as far as MacGuffins go, these are some flimsy MacGuffins, which I almost forgot about midway through the movie, and b) Willie Scott is just a terribly written character.Kate Capshaw, it should be said, isn’t exactly BAD, per-say, but her character is so one-dimensional that she’s not really given all that much interesting stuff to do except be the uber/quintessential Damsel-in-Distress, to the point (perhaps it was the idea?) of parody, or as some kind of ditzy sexual object. Her best scene is when she is going back and forth across the room, inter-cut with Jones talking to himself, about whether or not to leave the room or wait for the other to come to have ‘mating rituals’. Oh, she CAN be annoying in her screaming and perpetual HELP ME-ness, and yet it’s interesting that some people – not all, but some – are more annoyed by Short Round.To put it into Star Wars terms, imagine, easily enough, that Jones is Han Solo (and of course, both are Ford). Short Round is basically one of the droids, doing whatever to help the hero in his quest. Willie, on the other hand, is no Leia, or even a goddamn Padme. It’s a flatly written one-dimensional object to follow along Dr. Jones on this mission that, in the grand scheme of things with this series, is a bit superfluous.Some backstory on the production can sometimes help; it was a dark time for Lucas as he was going through a divorce, and he poured I imagine a lot of that darkness into the depiction of these tribespeople doing their insane rituals involving torn-hearts and fires burned and so on underground. Certainly those moments where Jones is in ‘evil’ mode are scary – though how he just snaps out of it due to fire is just one of those ‘things’ you really have to suspend-to-disbelieve here. And on Spielberg’s part, he’s always there to work and make some craftsman-stuff, but his heart is really in a couple of the set- pieces, like the descending spikes from the ceiling in the trapped room, and of course the cart-chase.That cart-chase is a piece of icon action cinema, and for good reason; it makes the movie into a literal interpretation of what it’s trying to be, as a ROLLER COASTER ride. And like roller- coasters, they’re fun, they’re diverting, they may be scary, and once they’re over you… don’t get much substance from them. So Spielberg is there to work but not fully with his heart in it (one wonders what he thought of the script on first read, from future Howard the Duck scribes Hyuck and Katz), and Lucas in a mood that is bizarre and tonally strange. What to make of a movie that has such very dark turns, and the ends with the goofiest set piece of Jones chopping a bridge so that the nameless Indians fall to their deaths as hords of crocodiles are just there already waiting.In other words, this is the most outlandish, CARTOONISH of the bunch. I’d almost like this more if it was an animated movie; ironically years later Spielberg would make The Adventures of Tintin, a kind of Indiana Jones with a kid as the hero, and that somehow is LESS cartoony than this movie with its scenes where everything is over the top. Again, it makes for a good ride, and Ford is always great as Indiana Jones – yes, even in Crystal Skull, which I don’t think is as bad as has been made out to be – but it’s memorable only for the ride aspect, not for its particular, shall we say, pathos.

  • samuel-washington
    samuel washington

    For a long time, this was the only one of the three Indiana Jones films I did not like. Then, when it was part of the DVD package that came out over five years ago, I had to buy it if I wanted the other two, so I gave it a third look. Wow, all of sudden I liked it. For the first time, the woman (Kate Capshaw) and the young boy (Ke Huy Quan) weren’t as annoying as I had remembered them. The stupid kid really had rubbed me the wrong way, but this time only Kate was annoying….and she was fine once she calmed down and got rid of the hysterics.The action in this film is mostly at the beginning and at the end. It is so Rambo-ish (bad guys never hit the target but good guys always do) it is ludicrous. It also has dumb dialog in a number of spots, paying homage to voodooism, spells and other nonsense.Yet, despite these criticisms, it’s entertaining start-to-finish and has some fantastic visuals. The photography in here is beautiful: the best of the three Jones adventures. I particularly liked the opening dance number which reminded me of a Busby Berkeley extravaganza. This whole film looks spectacular on DVD.

  • imyeonggil
    imyeonggil

    This movie is proof that directors often don’t understand their own franchises. Although Lucas has offered regrets for this bomb, it’s the Spielbergian touches that make it so irritating. Claims that audiences were turned off because it was darker than the original are just goofy. This material was risible because it was infinitely more juvenile than what people expected.First they abandon real-world historical/biblical artifacts to make room for the crappiest MacGuffin to make people ever run around a movie (magic stones!?). We get antics in place of thrills; a bug and critter dinner menu (!?) a sequence with Capshaw frightened of everything. We get Kate Capshaw, shrieking and being girly until viewers pray for a character to put her out of our misery. We get Spielberg foisting crowds of children onto us when the first movie was blissfully free of children. Here, a kid is the shrieking protagonist (Short Round), kids are the victims (hordes of kidnapped & enslaved kiddies) and a kid is the villain (Prince something-or-other). And as the final disgrace, Spielberg can’t bring himself to kill the kid villain and just has him demure & apologize the exact moment moral balance is restored. Terrible scripting. We get kids on screen for 95 percent of its running time, and a Spielbergian kiddie exodus provides the limp, hokey finale.To wash it all down we get a forgettable, conventional death for a seriously uninteresting villain. A forgettable arena for the climax, etc. This movie is only good for inducing groans. It’s a lousy movie that delivers none of the quality of the previous or next entries; best for pitching into your own fiery hellpit.

  • yasmine-van-orleans
    yasmine van orleans

    Set before the events of ‘Raiders’, Dr. Jones is in Shanghai doing business with Chinese crime boss Lau Che. Losing the upper hand in a night club he barely escapes with his life (and baggage in the form of Willie Scott and sidekick kid Short Round) to the airport. But little does he know the plane he gets on is owned by Lau Che and the pilots sneak out in mid-air while they are sleeping.After jumping to safety in an inflatable dinghy Indy, Willie and Short Round drift by an Indian village that has been stricken with bad luck since the theft of their magical Shankara stones. Encouraged by the villagers to go to Pankot palace and retrieve the stones, Indy has no idea that what he will find involves an evil cult hellbent on taking over the world with their lunatic new religion.Temple of Doom is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best Indiana Jones film. I know a lot of nerds are going to disagree with me but I do think it superior to Raiders of the Lost Ark because I prefer the darker, nastier tone and the fact that it just doesn’t let up from the word ‘go’! Two hours of Temple of Doom’s running time pass in a breeze of sheer adventure as Spielberg takes us from one memorable set-piece to another. The opening musical number, the fight in the Obi-Wan Club, the chase through Shanghai, the plane crash/dingy ride, the journey to Pankot Palace, the dinner scene, the human sacrifice, the freeing of the slaves, the mine-cart ride, the water rush, the rope bridge, the cliff-hanging…wow! How much more can you pack into a film? It’s physically impossible!Originally criticised on it’s release for being too dark, Temple of Doom still ends up being a classic. I guess the audiences of 1984 were expecting Raiders of the Lost Ark 2 and were taken aback when they got something else. If you watch it with the others you can feel how different the film is with no scenes taking place in America, no University and no Sallah or Marcus Brody.John Williams’ brilliant music is also at it’s best. He even received an Academy Award nomination despite already being nominated for his work on Raiders of the Lost Ark, which is quite rare. The film did win an Oscar for its visual effects (beating the equally impressive effects of Ghostbusters) which, when viewed today, at least might seem a little bit dated, but still hold up quite well.Or course, there’s nothing really important about the film. I mean it won’t beat Schindler’s List or Munich in terms of drama but if you want escapism and soaring, thrill-a-minute adventure his name is Indiana Jones and the place is the Temple of Doom.

  • akira-d-angelo
    akira d angelo

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is the second of the Indy films from director Steven Spielberg, though chronologically it is actually the first. This prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark tries to out-do its predecessor for breakneck spills and gross-out moments, but the sparkle isn’t quite there. It’s an entertaining film for sure, but not as good as the original, partially because the plotting this time round is a little awkward and partially because Kate Capshaw as the main female character is an almighty irritation.The film opens in a Shanghai restaurant, where Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) causes a riot in pursuit of a diamond. Fleeing the scene with American singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) and teenaged pick-pocket Short Round (Ke Huy Quan), he escapes to the airport. However, Indy and his companions unwittingly board an airplane owned by one of Indy’s enemies, from which they have to make an audacious mid-air escape when the real pilots bail out mid-flight! Soon, the intrepid trio find themselves in India, where they come across a village in the grip of starvation. The village children have been kidnapped by local cultists to work in a mine, digging for the sacred Sankara Stones, and Indy is persuaded by the distraught villagers to rescue their youngsters. His quest takes him to the opulent Pankot Palace and, beneath it and beyond a maze of tunnels, the Temple of Doom.Ford is great as Jones, bringing genuine charisma to a role that he was born to play (can you imagine how things would have turned out if Tom Selleck had got the part, as originally planned?) There are some great moments along the way too, including the intentionally subversive opening sequence in Shanghai, a particularly funny and exciting runaway mine-train sequence, and an unforgettable banquet at Pankot Palace in which the food served up is enough to churn any stomach. But Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom still can’t live up to the standard set by Raiders of the Lost Ark. As mentioned, Capshaw is a real pain on the senses as the always-squealing heroine, and the plot seems to over-stretch in an effort to link to the next development or set piece. The hunt-for-the-missing-children plot device allows Spielberg to dip into the kind of cloying sentimentality that occasionally mars his films too. This is certainly an entertaining and professionally assembled film, but in no way a rival or an equal to the excellence of its predecessor.

  • kalvenas-giedre
    kalvenas giedre

    Temple of Doom may not be as good as Raiders, but it doesn’t deserve all this negative flak. The story is a little darker but that doesn’t take anything away from the film. It makes the situation that much more dire. John Williams’ score infuses the sacrifice sequence with a sense of building dread. The chanting, the heavy drums all building into a wild climax of heart burning and lava filled mayhem. The mine car chase is wild fun and Indy’s bridge manuver is one hell of a climax. Still don’t know why everyone’s so down on this movie.

  • denise-strong
    denise strong

    It’s funny to call “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” a followup to “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. This film is a prequel to the 1981 smash hit, a movie where the events that take place actually took place before the events in “Raiders”. Notice at the beginning of “Raiders” that the year is 1936. In “Temple of Doom”, the year is 1935. See what I mean? “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” is another rollercoaster ride of a movie brought to life by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Harrison Ford is back as archaeologist Indiana Jones who this time searches for a sacred stone that was stolen from an Indian village. Along for the ride is American singer/entertainer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw, aka Mrs. Steven Spielberg) and little Chinese sidekick Short Round (Ke Huy Quan). On their way to finding the stone they stumble across a palace that leads to the gateway of the Temple of Doom run by an evil Thugee cult. The action and special effects are first-rate as you would expect, though the story is a tad weaker than it was in “Raiders”. Plus, Capshaw’s performance leaves something to be desired. She goes so far over-the-top in some scenes that you’d wish Karen Allen would show up as Marion. Nevertheless, Capshaw isn’t all that bad. She does make an impression during the times when she’s not screaming. But Ke Huy Quan (now known as Jonathan Ke Quan) comes off better as Indy’s young sidekick. The following year he starred in the Spielberg produced Richard Donner directed “The Goonies”, but then didn’t appear in much after that. “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” is great fun only if you can get by Kate Capshaw’s simpering wimpering character or the over-the-top violence. I found it to be exciting from beginning to end.***1/2 (out of four)POINT OF INTEREST: this was the film that lead to the creation of the PG-13 rating in 1984 (along with Spielberg’s other 1984 movie “Gremlins”). Both “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Gremlins” feature violence that most people felt was too strong for a PG rating, though the MPAA felt that it wasn’t strong enough to merit an R rating (other Spielberg movies that got PG ratings that were quite intense were “Jaws”, “Poltergeist”, and the original “Raiders of the Lost Ark”). So after “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Gremlins” opened in theaters at the beginning of the summer movie season of 1984 and became two of that year’s biggest hits, the MPAA realized a new rating had to be created. The PG-13 rating was born. In August 1984, the first movies were released with the new PG-13 rating (“Red Dawn” and “The Woman in Red”). It’s not a new rating anymore. The PG-13 rating has held up very well these last 18 years and it’ll still go strong in the years to come. But I’ll always remember “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” as the leading factor to the creation of the PG-13 rating.

  • zaur-danelia
    zaur danelia

    Great Movie on so many levels, great action and story, pure fun all the way. BUT did anyone else notice that this movie lifted a lot of the ideas for the film, from another movie that came out a year earlier called James Bonds Octopussy?Putting that aside, we don’t get great movies like this anymore. I remember seeing this in 1984 on the big screen. A lot of movies lose there appeal as you grow up, but now as a adult I can honestly say this movie is just as appealing now as it was then. Great piece of film making and has something that is missing from today’s movies that being Harrison Ford.

  • anel-gabriel-sosa
    anel gabriel sosa

    Everyone complains about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. One of my friends and I used to argue for months on end about which Indian Jones film was the superior. Almost anyone we ask say that Temple of Doom is their least favorite, and the worst in the Jones trilogy. I believe the only reason people say this, is because it’s the middle film, sandwiched between an all time classic, and a Hollywood blockbuster. To me, there is NO question that Raiders of the Lost Ark is the far superior Indiana Jones film. To anyone who says Last Crusade is the best I can do nothing but disagree (let me point out that all THREE films are nothing short of phenomenal). Temple of Doom had so much to live up to after the first film, and instead of trying to re-create Raiders (something I feel Crusade did), Lucas and Spielberg decided to take the franchise in a new direction. In my opinion, this was a great idea. Crusade and Raiders are too similar: both of them take place in desert terrain, both have Indy going after a very famous, biblical artifact, and both have Indy fighting off the Nazi’s from attaining this object for global domination. Without Temple of Doom, Last Crusade would be an obvious copy of Raiders of the Lost Ark. A different style of Indy film is needed to expand the trilogy, making Indiana Jones a truly global character, and Temple of Doom did just that.The film itself is a non-stop action, adventure ride. Harrison Ford is once again AMAZING as the dashing professor/archaeologist thrill seeker. Short Round is a loveable character who adds a humorous touch, and reveals the more compassionate side of Indy’s character. The ceremony scenes are truly breathtaking and tense. During these scenes the film contains some very graphic images, but are used justifiably to convey the real dark, feel of this film (i.e. the removing of the man’s heart while he’s still alive, and lowering him into a fiery pit). The mine cart chase scenes are the most amazing, fast moving action sequence in any of the Indy films, and you feel like you’re on a roller coaster each time you watch it. All these events lead to the film’s spectacular and memorable climax.I know with three films as amazing as the Indiana Jones trilogy, it’s hard to pick a best and worst film, in fact it’s nearly impossible. I’m just going to say that each film is great on it’s own, and really shouldn’t be compared to the other two.

  • jadranka-kramar
    jadranka kramar

    I know that there are a lot of haters when it comes to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, it has it’s flaws and is by no means the strongest movie of the Indiana Jones series, but I just have so many good memories about this film and still to this day when I watch it, it gives me chills and excitement. The characters are memorable, the script is great, and Indiana is still pulling in the action packed excitement continuing from Raiders of the Lost Ark. The direction, editing, even the special effects are great. You have to love Short Round and Willy, the two new side kicks to Indiana’s new adventure. Now I agree, Willy can get a little annoying here and there, but she was just so hilarious in that scene with the bugs and having to save Indiana and Short Round. Plus, Short Round has some of the most memorable lines of the entire series “Okey, dokey, Dr. Jones, hold on to your potato!”, cheesy, but so funny. Harrison Ford still has Indiana down to a tee, this was the role that was meant for him.In this prequel, we start off in China on a trade off gone wrong with Lao Che, he ends up meeting a beautiful and very high maintence American girl, Willie. They escape together with Indiana’s little side kick, Short Round and accidentally without knowing, they’ve escaped onto Lao Che’s air plane. They wind up in India, where they find out about these rocks that can restore the village they’re in, also the children have been kidnapped by Mola Ram and Indiana must free the kids and restore the rocks so the village can be safe again.Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a fun sequel, I don’t know why people complain so much about it. I can understand if people say it’s the weakest of the series, but on it’s own, this is a fantastic movie. It’s one of my biggest recommendations to my friends as well as other film viewers. It just has everything you could want: action, romance, alligators, and heart sacrifices, lol, OK, that sounded gross, just trust me this that this is such a fun movie. It’s one of my favorite films, I know that sounds bad, but I just love this film. It’s a lot of fun and Indiana and Short Round are just the best buddies to watch argue on screen. This is an awesome sequel, definitely a must see.9/10